LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland scored six runs in the sixth inning with a solo homer from Richie Seaton and a two-run single by Daniel Harrison, as the 12th-ranked Bulldogs overcame a three-run deficit en route to a 9-7 victory over UVA-Wise in the first game of a weekend series at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium.
Cumberland (31-13-1, 14-2 Mid-South) sent 11 batters to the plate in the six-run inning, which started with a two-out solo homer to rightcenter by Seaton. Seven consecutive batters reached thereafter, with Cory Urquhart’s two-run single to right tying the contest at six. Craig Monson drove in a run with a single through the right side before Harrison’s two-run single to right gave the Bulldogs a 9-6 advantage.
Jesse Coe (3-1) picked up the win for CU with 4.0 innings of scoreless relief, allowing one run on two hits with no walks and two strikeouts. The righthander worked out of a jam when he entered in the sixth and then retired 12 of the 14 batters he faced.
CU starter Kevin T. Greene was knocked around by the Cavs, allowing six runs on 13 hits in five-plus innings. He walked one and struck out four in his shortest outing of the year but got off the hook when the Bulldogs scored six runs in the sixth to take the lead for good.
Urquhart, Harrison and Seaton each drove in a pair of runs, with Urquhart, Chris Hall and Seaton all collecting two hits apiece.
Mat Irish (4-4), the first of three UVA-Wise hurlers, took the loss, giving up six runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings. He walked one and struck out one, frustrating Bulldog hitters before the Bulldogs got into the bullpen.
Steven Klaiber led the Cavaliers (10-21, 6-10) with four hits and two RBIs, while Brett Hylton, Tye Marshall and Tyler Lighton all added two hits and Steve Allen scored twice.
The Cavs got on the board with a run in the second, starting with an infield single from Michael McCollum. Marshall followed with a single up the middle on an 0-2 pitch and with one out and Lighton singled to right, loading the bases. Allen flied out down the rightfield line and McCollum started toward the plate.
Seaton’s throw to the plate was cut-off by Monson after the runner stopped midway down the line, but Monson’s throw back to third got away, allowing the runner to score on the play.
The Bulldogs took the lead in the bottom of the inning thanks to three hits and a pair of errors by the Cavs.
Harrison reached on a check-swing single before Tyler Anderson’s chopper through the left side. Seaton followed with a bouncer through the right side, plating a run, and both runners moved up when Hylton booted the grounder in rightfield.
A line drive to center by Josciel Veras plated another run. The relay throw went to third but was overthrown. Seaton tried to score on the play, but the pitcher picked up the ball after it bounced off the netting in front of the dugout and nailed the runner at the plate.
The lead was short-lived, as UVA-Wise’s Tommy Meier hit a line drive over the wall in rightcenter to leadoff the third, tying the game at two.
Cumberland regained the lead in the bottom of the inning after Tyler Alford was hit to leadoff the frame. Pinch-runner Chris Del Bianco moved to second on a groundout by Urquhart before an RBI chopper through the right side from Hall gave the Bulldogs a 3-2 edge.
In the fourth Marshall led off with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Brandon Fletcher. Lighton laced a double past a diving Monson and into the rightfield corner to score a run before Allen was hit. Klaiber singled to left with the runners in motion, plating a run, and Hylton’s two-out single to right gave the Cavs a 5-3 advantage.
Allen doubled down the leftfield line and Klaiber followed with an RBI single to start the sixth for UVA-Wise, ending the day for Greene.
The Bulldogs took the lead again with six runs on seven hits in the sixth, all starting with a two-out solo homer to rightcenter by Seaton.
Veras followed with a single before a double just inside the third base bag from Alford, prompting a pitching change for the Cavs. Urquhart greeted reliever Travis Weaver with a two-run single to right, tying the game at six.
Hall singled to center before an RBI single through the right side from Monson. Ross walked, loading the bases, with Weaver exiting after the free pass. Harrison ripped a two-run single to right against Cody Compton for a 9-6 CU advantage.
The Cavs scored a run in the eighth when Klaiber singled to center, went to second on a groundout by Meier and scored on Hylton’s single to rightcenter.
Cumberland and UVA-Wise play a Noon doubleheader Saturday, with CU honoring the 1993 team that finished second in the NAIA World Series between games of the twinbill. Saturday is also Lebanon Youth Baseball Day, with all players in their uniform admitted free.